Early Years – Pre-School

Thorndown Pre-School



We would like to warmly welcome you and your child to Thorndown Pre-School. We understand that starting pre-school is a very exciting and important stage in your child’s life and look forward to building strong partnerships with you. We believe that, in order for children to reach their full potential, they must feel happy, valued, safe and secure. We aim to achieve this within a creative and stimulating environment, where children are encouraged to lead learning through play and exploration. Our practitioners are fully committed to supporting both you and your child; we truly believe each child is special and unique.

We have a wonderful outdoor area, with our own fruit trees and plenty of mud to play with in our outdoor kitchen.  Indoors, you will find an inviting area, which allows children to discover, question, and investigate. You will often find children in the cosy reading area, sharing stories with an adult, or building huge bridges in the construction zone. Our team of dedicated staff are here to support both children and families and we love finding out what your children are interested in, to help us ensure that we plan exciting, engaging activities which support their learning

We are looking forward to getting to know you and your child


Lucy Hamilton EYFS Team Leader


The Curriculum

Learning Through Play

At Thorndown Pre-School, we foster your child’s own interests and offer activities that extend, enrich and develop each individual child’s potential. We actively encourage ‘play’, more technically known as Child Initiated Learning. Through play, children develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally. Our setting uses Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage to plan and provide a range of playful activities. In some of these areas, children decide how they will use the activity and in others, an adult takes the lead.Climbing

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are: Communication and Language Physical Development Personal, Social and Emotional Development. These prime areas are essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are: Literacy Mathematics Understanding the World Expressive Arts and Design. These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The staff supporting your child will make sure the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.

Staff at the Pre-School

Mrs Lucy Hamilton – Teacher – Early Years Team Leader

Miss Hannah Buckby – Teacher

Mrs Claire Crossan – Key Worker

Mrs Sarah Tucker – Key Worker

Miss Emma Stanley – Key Worker

Mrs Becky Smith – Key Worker / Deputy Manager

Mrs Eleanor Martin – Key Worker

Miss Karen Gray – Key Worker

Mrs Lisa Johnson – General Assistant

Mrs Michelle Reynolds – Midday Supervisor and Cleaner

Mrs Amanda Prior – Midday Supervisor

Mrs Rabia Kiran – Midday Supervisor



How to keep you child safe online


Uniform is available from Price and Buckland for Pre-School children. Please click on the picture below to follow the link



Please see below regarding useful information for Parents

Welcome Pack for Parents

Registration Pack

Welcome Pack for Children

Pre-School Attendance Policy

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